At War with Ants

Battling the outdoor ant hills, that’s been my mission the last few days, and rather unsuccessfully too I might add. They pick the worst places, mostly near the water sources, making  their enormous and complex villages impossible to treat.

At first I wanted to be nature friendly and poured gallons of vinegar on the ant hills. That did nothing, except provoke an attack on me by billions of pickled ants.  Keeping the pet residents in mind, using poison is always a concern, but I thought ant traps covered with something would be ok. I bought Amdro ant traps, placed two on each hill and covered it. Again, a fail. After two days the ant hill was even bigger, and obviously, a thriving queen ant still occupied the throne.

This morning I attacked one ant hill by a tree with a shovel, it’s now a giant hole half way to China. Whatever is left of their village and might be considered salvageable by an ant army, has been flooded with a garden hose. Hopefully I’ve drowned billions of ants but I doubt it. That tree limits what I can use effectively, not to mention, wild rabbits feed there.

The other hill, well it’s time to get out the big guns on that one. No trees are involved, and that’s about as much respect the environment is getting from me. There’s only one thing that 100% works on ant hills, it isn’t environmentally friendly, and quite frankly, I don’t care. Unless somebody has a better idea, I’m using gasoline and ending this battle once and for all.

Products on my FAIL List
• Vinegar
• Boric Acid
• Amdro Ant Traps
• Bleach

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How to Bathe a Chicken

Show Off Your Fancy Poultry

You’ll need 3 buckets, any will do, but personally I like the 5 gallon size.  Use Ivory liquid soap in the first one for the bath. You can add 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax to the bath for a positive effect if your chicken is light or white.

Fill a second bucket with water, use this to rinse the soap off the bird. If your bird is white it’s okay to add 1/2 teaspoon bleach to each gallon of water. This will help brighten the white.

In the third bucket mix 2 cups vinegar to each gal. of water, this will make the feathers shine.  If you want that show shine appeal, add 1 tablespoon glycerin.

Gently pat the chicken with a towel, or confine to a clean cage to dry. Using a blow dryer is okay too, just make sure it’s not too hot, and diffuse the air stream with your hand at all times.  The blow dryer can frizz or break feathers, keep it on low and take your time.